Kirinyaga County Partners with Japanese Government to Boost Horticulture Farming

In a significant development, Kirinyaga County has collaborated with the Japanese government to enhance modern farming practices for small-scale horticulture farmers, aiming to elevate their income.

The Japanese Ambassador to Kenya, Okaniwa Ken, shared this information during a courtesy visit to Mwea in Kirinyaga County. Ambassador Ken disclosed that the program, implemented through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will involve an investment of 13 billion Kenyan shillings. This initiative will focus on training extension workers to empower farmers in areas such as quality production and market accessibility.

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The Japanese government, through this collaboration, intends to support experimental projects in the county, especially in regions with the potential to double farmers’ income.

Ambassador Ken highlighted, “We are here also to inspect the Mwea Rice irrigation scheme and assess the effectiveness of Thiba Dam in supplying water to canals in the furthest units of the area.”

He encouraged the county government to incorporate these programs into the county integrated development plan (CIDP) for efficient promotion and implementation of the projects.

Ambassador Ken commended the Kirinyaga County Government Administration for its positive working relationship with the Japanese Government and called for continued collaboration. He emphasized that the Japanese government would explore horticultural export markets to enhance farmers’ livelihoods.

Deputy Governor of Kirinyaga County, David Githanda, expressed full support from the Kirinyaga County Government and appreciated the commitment of the Japanese delegation in supporting Kirinyaga farmers. He thanked JICA for its ongoing support in implementing life-changing empowerment programs in the county.

Deputy Governor Githanda remarked, “All these programs mean more money to our farmers, and as the county government, we support farmers with the necessary resources.” He also highlighted the positive impact of Thiba Dam, increasing rice farming to ten thousand acres in an area that previously lacked water access.

Kirinyaga Senator Kamau Murango, leading the agricultural committee in the Senate, noted that the 13 billion Kenyan shillings support from the Japanese government would enable more rice farmers to expand and utilize unused land when water canals are permanently established. He emphasized the project’s contribution to providing more food to Kenyans and creating employment.

Senator Murango urged the contractors working on the canal projects to expedite the process, emphasizing the government’s priority to complete the project in the shortest time possible. The entire initiative is anticipated to span a two-year timeline.

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Ken Maasai

Ken Wakuraya is a seasoned Journalist with official accreditation from the Media Council of Kenya, possessing extensive expertise in covering political, Entertainment, and Human interest stories.

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